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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 19, 2012
For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

www.nysed.gov

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SED Approves 107 Evaluation Plans

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced that he has approved 107 teacher and principal Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) evaluation plans. In addition, State Education Department (SED) staff has provided feedback to nearly 200 school districts across the state.  The plans were submitted as required under the revised teacher and principal evaluation law passed earlier this year.

"There’s positive momentum,” King said.  "The release of the model plans last month has helped districts move forward, and administrators, teachers and principals have been hard at work to get these plans done.  We’re providing constant feedback to help districts finalize their plans.

"This is all about improving teaching and learning, and the plans we’ve approved reflect that shared commitment.  The goal is to ensure every student graduates ready for college and career, and solid APPR plans will help educators help their students reach that goal."

King said the hard work of SED employees, working in partnership with Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), has helped keep the approval process on-track throughout the rigorous review of the APPR plans.

King noted that the APPR plans are part of the overall Board of Regents Reform Agenda.  The evaluation plans will help target professional development on areas that need the most improvement. To date, approximately 314 districts have submitted plans for SED review. Under the new evaluation law, districts must have an approved APPR plan in place by January 17, 2013 or they will lose their share of this fiscal year’s education aid increase.  King encouraged districts to submit soon because the APPR review process may take 4-6 weeks contingent on the date of receipt and volume of other submitted plans. 

Along with an updated list of approved APPR plans, the APPR model plans can be found at:http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/teachers-leaders/plans/home.html.  Approved plans are posted on this website on an on-going basis.